Mali Security Services

Mali Airport Transfers, Close Protection and Secure Transportation Services

ETS Risk Management provides secure transportation and close protection to a range of clients traveling to Bamako and across Mali. We have a well-established local team of security drivers accompanied by an extensive range of non-armoured SUVs, and highly trained security officers. All of our team are qualified, vetted, and experienced working within the security industry.


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ETS Secure Airport Transfers in Bamako

ETS can support all airport transfers in Bamako with local security drivers and armed close protection teams. We provide a low-profile meet and greet service and enable the secure movement from the airport or hotels.

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ETS Secure Transportation in Mali

ETS is the trusted provider of Secure transportation to a range of VIP business travelers throughout Bamako and Mali. We help clients improve their travel risk management to reduce the risk of potential challenges in this region.

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Mali Security Overview

Mali is considered a high threat location for terrorism, especially in Mopti and north Segou. Terrorist groups have demonstrated the ability to conduct complex attacks and will target foreign visitors. Previous Modus Operandi (MO) has included Vehicle Borne IED (VBIED) attacks, grenade attacks and significant coordinated attacks across the region. Particularly vulnerable areas include public transport, restaurants and the general areas frequented by foreign travelers and Non-Government Organizations (NGOs). It is very likely terrorist groups operating in the region have both the intent and capability to execute further attacks against foreign travelers if the opportunity arises.

Crime is prevalent throughout the country, including Bamako. Knife crime, robberies at gunpoint, car-jackings, and kidnappings are common. NGOs are commonly targeted for their vehicles which have also resulted in several NGOs being severely assaulted by criminal gangs. These gangs may disagree with westerner travelers having a presence in the region and are using intimidation tactics to inflict fear and show dominance.

Travel by road is very high risk. Road surface conditions are below the standard recognized by western travelers. Local drivers are known to travel at excessive speeds where road and vehicle conditions are unsafe. The majority of drivers are uninsured, unqualified and generally show little regard for road traffic safety. Road Traffic Collisions (RTCs) are frequent and are a result of inadequate driver training, lack of road discipline and excessive speeding.

Public transportation is hazardous, vehicles are poorly maintained, and drivers are inadequately trained. These services are incredibly unreliable, overcrowded and have a high risk of having a breakdown mid-journey, increasing the risk to your personal security.

If we can help with any of the above, please don’t hesitate to get in touch

FAQ’s for Secure Travel to Mali

Can security be armed in Mali?2020-12-14T06:09:02-05:00

No, private security in Mali cannot be armed.  Armed Police Escorts are often used as an extra layer of protection to counter the threat.  The Armed Escorts are deployed as a result of the heighten terrorist threat.

Is Mali safe for business travel?2020-12-14T09:27:24-05:00

Mali has a major crime issue.  Violent crime including armed attacks and kidnappings are common. In addition, Mali also suffers with a high threat from terrorism, especially in Segou, Mopti and the north of the region.  Business travelers must ensure travel arrangements are robust and achievable before travel.


Is it safe to travel in Bamako?2020-12-14T09:20:19-05:00
As a result of violent crime and possible terrorist activity in Bamako, there is often a requirement for secure airport and daily transfers for business travel.  However, the most  important part of the process is to understand the threats before you travel, this way you can ensure the right security measures are in place.
Can Armored Vehicles be used in Mali?2020-12-14T05:29:54-05:00

No, armored vehicles are not commonly used in Mali because they are difficult to source and extremely expensive.

Is terrorism in Mali a risk to travelers?2020-12-14T09:32:43-05:00

Yes, there is a risk of terrorism in Mali.  Terrorist groups have a large presence and dominant much of the region.  They mainly target military convoys but will also likely target foreign visitors to advance their cause.  As a western traveler, the threat of kidnap or being specifically targeted by terrorist groups is high.

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